We dedicate this itinerary to our incredible Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven wonders of the natural world. With three ports from which you can explore the pristine reef, coral cays and tropical islands, take the opportunity to fall in love with Australia all over again.
Whitsundays (Airlie Beach):
The Whitsundays is a world renowned holiday destination, which includes iconic highlights such as the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Its 74 tropical islands, set amidst coral reefs and deep waterways, are famous for their beauty. They offer some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and a range of activities on land or at sea. Airlie Beach is the hub of the Whitsundays region, being the largest town on the Whitsunday Coast, almost entirely focused on tourism.
Featured Shore Tours include:
The trendy beach resort, Yorkeys Knob is just 13kms away from Cairns, the hub of North Queensland. Famous for its tropical rainforests, sunny skies and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, a Cairns holiday is also ideal for people in search of wilderness and beauty.
Australia’s most spectacular attraction, the Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible from Yorkeys Knob. Take the 7.5km long Rainforest Cableway to the middle of the rainforest. A memorable experience with unforgettable views of the pristine tropical rainforests.
The beachside town of Port Douglas is an ideal location for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the rich ecology of the Wet Tropics Area. You will also find some of the finest resorts in Australia here. The sophisticated and relaxed village atmosphere is sure to make you come here more often.
There is more to a Port Douglas holiday than just natural scenic beauty. Make sure to heck out the galleries, boutiques, wonderful bars and cafes. Make Port Douglas your base for holidays in Queensland as there is no shortage of tours departing from here every day.
This tiny island measures in at just 1,600 feet long by 490 feet wide, though it is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. You won’t find any neighbourhoods, schools or homes here, however. The only structures on Willis Island comprise a weather monitoring station hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, where just a handful of weather observers reside at any given time.
Willis Island is one of several tropical islands sitting beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, and is surrounded by thriving reefs where many creatures make their homes. Numbering into the thousands, Willis Island itself caters to many species of seabirds, including Masked, Brown and Red-footed Boobies that cry out nearly 24 hours a day. It is also an important nesting ground for turtles.
Note: Willis Island is a scenic cruising site. We will slowly travel past while a knowledgeable port lecturer points out significant sites you’ll be able to see from onboard.